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  • Summary: Brendan O'Brien produced this second album for the New York band.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. This easily ranks among the top rock records of the year.
  2. Too sappy for the cool kids, sure, but still a fine pop record.
  3. The Sun And The Moon might be as essential as another Kajagoogoo album, but on its own modest terms—meaning appealing to those who guiltily loved The Bravery—it's a minor success, brimming with hooks nicked from Duran Duran and Naked Eyes, as well as few of their own.
  4. The Bravery is a pop-rock band and glad of it. That means plenty of nonsense syllables to invite singalongs, and utter shamelessness about borrowing other bands’ sounds and tricks.
  5. The Sun And The Moon", The Bravery's down-to-earth approach ought win them a second chance.
  6. The group’s first album had hooks in abundance, and they are only slightly less plentiful here. These hooks are the source of the pleasure, while Endicott’s sometimes questionable lyrics give us our feelings of guilt for being drawn in, in spite of ourselves.
  7. As annoying as Endicott's mascara-tainted bellyaching was on the Bravery's debut, his histrionics-for-the-masses commandeer the group's stylistic direction on The Sun and the Moon, cheapening already trite regurgitations of Robert Smith confessionals by bloating them to anthemic proportions.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. StirlingNC
    Jan 3, 2008
    I really don't understand the low metascore, the best album ever released.
  2. DavidP
    Jun 4, 2007
    solid album
  3. LaurenC
    Jul 8, 2007
    I don't understand the low metascore- this album was a great follow-up. Their sound has changed a bit, but you definitely still get that warm feeling inside after hearing one of their songs. Great, great album. Go listen to it! Expand
  4. MichaelM
    May 23, 2007
    sweet ass sweet....nice hooks...catchy..everything i love about the bravery...get this
  5. GillianManson
    Jun 6, 2007
    Fantastic sounds, loved The Bravery but this is better. Every song is a winner. FANTASTIC.
  6. andrewm
    May 23, 2007
    Excellent follow-up, thematically darker than the first album. Certain hooks are reminiscent of earlier work, particularly track 4 and "Swollen Summer" from the first album. I thought the acoustic tracks were a nice departure, and interesting direction. They may end up like INXS or The Offspring in the sense that the high hat and post-modern disco sound will be their staples, with little change from album to album, but will generally be done well. Expand
  7. AmurabiM.
    Feb 8, 2008
    What is this? A collection of pop songs without a minimal sign of authenticity? A mix of overproduced songs with ridiculous lyrics and poor musical development? An album that tries to be the next step from an act that is just a bad copy from the 80s new wave bands? The Bravery released an album that it feels mediocre. It´s a shame for Brendan O´Brien, but this is not his fault. The sin is over the band´s shoulders. This is just an exercise of bad rhymes, few original melodies, tired vocals (it feels that he tries too hard to be Robert Smith) and really ludicrous and annoying lyrics. It seems to me that they lose the battle between all the other bands form its caliber. And that´s not a great battle to fight. Expand

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